Study Abroad

API: Havana - Multiple Programs

Study the Spanish language, explore Cuba, and engage with local Cuban students through coursework, activities, and excursions.


The capital city of Cuba, Havana offers insight into Cuban history and culture. Due to its historic role as a trading port, Havana often fell prey to attack, leading to the construction of a series of forts that can still be visited today. Havana has a long history of promoting the arts, and this remains true in modern times. Havana continues to host events such as the International Jazz Festival, the International Havana Ballet Festival, and the Havana International Film Festival.


Founded in 1728, The University of Havana is the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. Originally a religious institution, today it hosts over 15 colleges/faculties spanning disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and business.


There are two programs offered in Havana:

  • Cuban and Caribbean Studies
  • Language and Culture

Both programs are offered entirely in Spanish, and each have a required language course.

The Cuban and Caribbean studies program allows students to learn about the economic, social, and cultural diversities of Cuban society. Students select either Cuban Studies or Caribbean Studies and choose from a wide range of subjects to round out their coursework. These classes are taken with local students, allowing students to connect with local peers.

Meanwhile, the Language and Culture program focuses on Cuban cinema, culture, literature, history, and linguistics.

Student Life & Co-curricular

Numerous cultural activities offer unique perspectives on Cuban and Caribbean culture and history. Meanwhile, excursions to the provinces of ViƱales, Trinidad, Oriente, and Varadero facilitate a deeper understanding of the history and geography of Cuba.



Students will live in a local residences with other international students. The housing is operated by a Cuban host, and provides meals and laundry service for students. Housing is within walking distance to the University.

Program Cost

The Marist Abroad Program fee includes full-time tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.


Admission Criteria

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework
  • Minimum 3-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent (depending on program)
  • Interview with program staff

API Cuba Brochure 

How to Apply and Get More Information

Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more information on the Marist Abroad application process.

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